6 Real and actionable ways to start the year off right in Autism units or self-contained.

Start the Year Off Right

6 Ways to Start the Year off Right When Teaching Students With Multiple Disabilities

It seems like summer just started, but the awesomest of you are already thinking about school starting- you’re mentally planning, curating materials, and your inner Rock Star teacher is rejuvenating. I’m teaching summer school for the severely disabled this year and some of my aides will be starting as teachers in the fall. The one question they really want to know is what they can do right to start the year off right.

With that in mind, here is a list of 6 ways to start the year off right when teaching LIFE Skills/PMLD.

Start Year Off Right in Self Contained Autism Units

Seeing regression in students with significant disabilities is heartbreaking… but how do you keep them engaged and learning over the summer? Here are the 3 best websites to stop summer regression!

Best Websites to Stop Summer Regression

Seeing regression in students with significant disabilities is heartbreaking… but how do you keep them engaged and learning over the summer? Here are the 3 best websites to stop summer regression!

Seeing regression in students with significant disabilities is heartbreaking… but how do you keep them engaged and learning over the summer? Here are the 3 best websites to stop summer regression!

Best Websites to Stop Summer Regression

The countdowns are posted in classrooms. Teachers are dreaming of days with no alarm clocks. Students are fantasizing about the pool, late bedtimes, and summer fun.

Yes, summer is coming.

Problem with students who have significant disabilities is that summer often means regression and when students take so long to recoup that summer slide, isn’t our responsibility to do something?

No worries. I have 3 great websites that are FREE, FUN, and EASY to assign as the teacher as well as TRACK DATA!

Yeah. It’s all that, so read on!

The Supreme Court found that we need to do more than de minimis… but what does that even mean? 5 Ways to Guarantee you’re more than minimus!

IEP De Minimis

The Supreme Court found that we need to do more than de minimis… but what does that even mean?

5 Ways to Guarantee you’re more than minimus to keep your IEPs out of court!

iep de minimis

The Supreme Court found that we need to do more than de minimis… but what does that even mean? 5 Ways to Guarantee you’re more than minimus!

Supreme Court Ruling in a Nutshell

Several federal laws established how we educate students with significant disabilities. That includes IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). The United States Supreme Court heard the Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District case and ruled providing FAPE requires we “enable the child to make progress appropriate in light of his circumstance”.

That, my friend, is as clear as mud. I have heard campus administrators, classroom teachers, and parents of students with disabilities all talking about how this ruling will revolutionize how we educate students with significant disabilities. I, however, am not sure there will be much of a change.

In order to shed some light on the subject, let’s break this down.

All your IEP meetings coming due at the same time? Not sure where to start or where to go? An IEP Goal Bank for Autism Units, LID and PMLD can help light the tunnel!

IEP Goal Bank for Autism

IEP Goal Bank for Autism Units, LID, or PMLD

I have been there. I really have. You are sitting in front of a computer screen tasked with writing IEP goals for a student. You sit there, glazed over, wondering what to write.

And it’s not that you don’t know your students. It’s not that you’re unable to write good IEP goals. The thing is you’re just not sure where they should go next. Once them master a goal, what is the logical next step?

 

All your IEP meetings coming due at the same time? Not sure where to start or where to go? An IEP Goal Bank for Autism Units, LID and PMLD can help light the tunnel!

Ever wonder about instructional text versus grade level text when teaching literacy to students with Autism and significant disabilities? We have some answers!

Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism

Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism

I read a lot… I wish I had time to read more! I recently read an article about instructional level text as a tool to improve reading. This has always been something that has bothered me. Teachers have long believed that the only text appropriate for older students who happened to be low readers is instructional level text. In other words, text that corresponds with their assessed reading level. I have always thought otherwise. When you get to students in middle and high school, presenting only instructional level text limits a student’s exposure to challenging materials and also throttles their learning. So what does that mean when you’re teaching literacy to students with Autism and significant disabilities?

Ever wonder about instructional text versus grade level text when teaching literacy to students with Autism and significant disabilities? We have some answers!

Dora in High School

It never fails, at least once a school year I walk into a high school classroom and see an almost adult reading a Dora or Barney book.

 

It literally makes me groan.

 

What would make anyone think a 17-year-old would want to read a Dora book? Whenever I talk about it with the teacher, the reaction is always the same. The student is reading a book that is appropriate for their “instructional reading level”.

It sounds very formal, and almost convincing… But truth be told, teachers have been holding on to the idea of instructional level text for so long- does it really apply when you’re teaching literacy to students with Autism or other significant disabilities?

 

Personally, I don’t think so.

Ever wonder about instructional text versus grade level text when teaching literacy to students with Autism and significant disabilities? We have some answers!

Looking for some easy ways to use BIGMacks in your classroom? Here are 5 quick and easy ideas that will help!

Meaningful Ways to BIGMack

They’re in your classroom… and they’re pretty easy to use.

But they’re not.

They sit without batteries collecting dust.

They are programmed to do nothing.

But Why?

Meaningful Ways to BIGMack

When I first encountered a BIGMack in the classroom I thought it was a nice little gadget that I would learn to use someday. Well, someday took a long time to come.

It wasn’t that it was complicated to use, but since I had never used one before it might as well have been quantum physics. It also wasn’t that it was useless, but since I had never used it before I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

To save you from the long learning curve involved in “I’ll eventually get to it”, let’s just cut to the chase. Here are 5 quick and easy things you can do with the stock of BIGMacks you have in your room.

Happy Holidays from NoodleNook- Get some FREE Printables to add to your toolbox. All printable, ready to go, and totally FREE!

Happy Holidays from NoodleNook

Happy Holidays from NoodleNook!

Roller Coaster

Whenever we come back from Thanksgiving it feels like a frantic roller coaster to the Holiday Break. There is just so much to do- and little has to do with instruction! There is paperwork to finish, activities for the holidays, and then campus things like exams and report cards… And you know what happens (not to you because you’re a rockstar)? Sometimes teachers just stop teaching.

I know, I know… what?!?

So how do you manage the Roller Coaster and have a bit of a break before your break.